Humboldt County General Plan headed back for supes’ consideration

Nearly two decades in the making, the long-awaited adoption of the Humboldt County General Plan could occur as soon as Oct. 23, according to county Planning and Building Director John Ford.

“Rarely is it that easy,” Ford wrote in an email to the Times-Standard on Friday.

The General Plan is meant to serve as the guiding document relating to development of lands in the county’s jurisdiction over the next 20 years. Currently, the county is operating under a plan adopted in 1984, with other additions being added between 1981 and 2002, according to the county.

On Friday, the county announced that the General Plan’s final environmental impact report was available for public viewing. The county Board of Supervisors is set to hold a special meeting on Oct. 23 to review the environmental review along with a plan meant to address any environmental impacts that might occur as a result of the plan’s adoption.

“The General Plan document itself has not significantly changed from what the Board previously considered,” Ford wrote. “The [environmental review] is new, and the mitigation and monitoring plan is a requirement component of [the California Environmental Quality Act].”

The board’s Oct. 23 special meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the supervisors’ chamber on the first floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse located at 825 Fifth Street, Eureka.

The draft General Plan, final environmental impact report and mitigation plan can be found on the county website at humboldtgov.org/273/General-Plan-Update.

Will Houston can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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